PS4 PS4 auto-updates, 'social' and media won't require PS Plus

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Sony details changes to PS4's PS Plus offering

Sony will use the launch of the PlayStation 4 later this year to make a number of significant changes to its PlayStation Plus subscription service.

MD of SCEE UK and Ireland Fergal Gara has revealed that PS4's auto updates feature will not require a PS Plus subscription to function.

Frequent and lengthy updates were a key criticism of the PS3, and while auto-updating was possible on the machine the feature was only activated when a user subscribed to the PS Plus service.

But auto updates will be free to all on PS4, Gara revealed to VideoGamer in a discussion over Sony's decision to move online multiplayer behind the PS Plus paywall.

"It is time to charge, but it is time to charge and still continue to deliver phenomenal value," said Gara of online multiplayer.

"A PlayStation Plus subscriber for PlayStation 4 comes away with a hell of a lot. First of all, the subscription applies across all three platforms [PS4, PS3 & PS Vita], so if you have the three platforms then you have an instant game collection on all three. So that's hugely powerful in its own right."

Gara went on, "If you choose not to subscribe we are still gating relatively little in many senses, so access to online catch-up TV and online movie services sit outside of the gate, for example. The social features of PS4 and PS4 games sit out of the subscription service. Things like auto-updates on PS4 sit outside of PlayStation Plus, so we're trying to be as balanced and as fair as we possibly can."

Sony announced during E3 that it will launch its Gaikai streaming service to play PS3 games on PS4 in 2014. Gara said the firm "hasn't decided yet" how this will be charged for. "Will that be part of PlayStation Plus? I genuinely don't know. Will that require some other, different charging mechanism? Perhaps. We just haven't sat down to answer that question yet," he said.

Sony has said the PS4 release date is set for "Christmas 2013" across Europe and the US. CVG understands the Japan launch could be pushed to 2014 if manufacturing count comes up short, though a final decision hasn't been made yet.

Source: CVG
 

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It's good that you can watch the likes of Netflix and LoveFilm without a subscription. That's one of my gripes with Xbox. Not sure they are giving up much with the auto updates though. I never use that feature as I don't like leaving things in standby.
 

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I never use that feature as I don't like leaving things in standby.
To be fair you'll also miss out on other features too if you don't like leaving things in standby.

And by leaving it in standby that means not unplugging it from the wall as there's no off switch on the PS4, same as the PS3 slim.

I'd assume just like a laptop that is suspending to ram you'd lose certain data from the PS4 if you unplug.

Remember PS4 allows you to drop straight back into a game from where you left off, this should negate sitting through the boot screens for the game!! That's a huge advantage of keeping power to the console.

I'd assume it does other network based stuff whilst in suspended mode such as update trophy information.
 

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I can see myself definitely not bothering with a next gen console at this rate. All this talk of standby and always on is disturbing my psychological wellbeing. It's a fire risk and costs money!
 

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I can see myself definitely not bothering with a next gen console at this rate. All this talk of standby and always on is disturbing my psychological wellbeing. It's a fire risk and costs money!
You dont need to for the PS4. I dont intend on leaving it plugged in, only when Im in the house. I think its the same deal as with the PS3, but it'll stay in a low powered state (like background downloads on the 360). Its worth it as it'll do all your housekeeping for you (thats updates etc not ironing, hoovering and everything else).
 

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so if you have the three platforms then you have an instant game collection on all three.
Shouldnt that read something more like "So if you dont have the three platforms you will be helping by paying towards the cost of those who do." :D
 

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If you did need plus for social part the bloody share button would be pointless on the Ds4 :D
 
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